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Useful "And Maybe Humorous" Metal Resources

  • International Trade Administration: The mission of the International Trade Administration (ITA) is to ensure U.S. businesses remain competitive both locally and internationally by enforcing trade deals and negotiated contracts with other countries.

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection: The United States Customs and Border Protection is responsible for ensuring that tariffs are collected on inbound goods, and to ensure that anti-dumping and countervailing measures are enforced.

  • Data.gov: Data.gov pulls together reports, studies, and other information regard steel from various government agencies in one place and can provide a valuable resource for anyone looking for more information on applications of stainless steel throughout the United States and world.

  • National Institute of Health: The National Institute of Health published a study on the behavior of stainless steel in cooking, specifically the release of nickel and chromium during heating. This is definitely worth a read and raises the question of what is the best material to use in cooking applications. Perhaps a glass-coated stainless steel would be useful in avoiding exposure to these chemicals.

  • North Carolina State University: An undergrad from the UNC started working on the perfect stainless steel coffee mug as part of a senior design project. We all want a gleaming stainless coffee mug, but typically the liquid cools off quite quickly. This researcher came up with an ingenious mix of stainless steel and "material Y" that work together to keep your beverage the right temperature for hours.

  • Michigan State University: A member of the MSU Extension wrote an article about the different types of water bottles available in metal, glass, and plastic. Stainless steel seems to be favored, but given the information from the NIH, I would prefer glass.

  • Dartmouth College: A student at Dartmouth wrote an excellent paper on the discovery and evolution of chromium in the modern world, and how it helped revolutionize the use of steel in everything from cars to toasters. Due to humankind's unwavering desire for shiny objects and durability, stainless steel accounts for 60% of chromium usage worldwide.